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Ga. childhood obesity rate decreases

Ga. childhood obesity rate decreases

ATLANTA -- Although childhood obesity rates have been on the decline in Georgia, officials say they still have much work to do to improve young people's health.

Officials at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta say parents' attitudes continue to pose a barrier to improving childhood obesity in the state.

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Mark Wulkan, surgeon-in-chief at CHOA, says more education is needed to make sure parents recognize when kids need help.

As commission for the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald also is trying to send consistent messaging about fitness and nutrition through Georgia's public school system.

5K to raise money for Winshp Cancer Institute

5K to raise money for Winshp Cancer Institute

ATLANTA -- Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute will hold a fundraising 5K next month.

The Winship Win the Fight 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at Emory's McDonough Field. Packet pickup will begin at 7 a.m., with the race scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $30 for walkers and joggers, and $35 for runners. All participants will receive T-shirts and are invited to set up fundraising pages for the cancer center.

Visit winship5k.org for more information and to sign up.

McDonough Field is located at 26 Eagle Row. Free parking will be available in the Peavine and Michael Street decks.

Emory gets $9.5M grant to study oxytocin

Emory gets $9.5M grant to study oxytocin

ATLANTA -- The Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University has received a five-year, $9.5 million grant to study oxytocin, a brain chemical known for forming bonds between mother and baby.

Emory's Conte Center of Oxytocin and Social Cognition is the first National Institute of Health-funded center to investigate how brain chemistry involved in mother-infant bonding and attachment affects brain communication and mental processing of social experiences in animals and humans, including those with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.

The $9.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health will create the Silvio O. Conte Center in Neuroscience Research, according to a statement.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Healthy School Lunches 101

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Healthy School Lunches 101

ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, July 30 the Strong4Life team met with several Mom-to-Mom Bloggers for a lunch-and-learn, and discuss ways to provide kids with a healthy lunch.

Wendy Palmer, a dietician at CHOA, showcased samples of lunches from local school cafeterias as well as examples of healthy bagged meals from home. Children invited helped identify healthy vs. non-healthy foods ... because there are a couple of items that might surprise you! 

For example drinking one can of regular soda every day for one year equals more than 70 cups of sugar, while one 20 ounce bottle of regular soda contains as much sugar as 18 cookies.

Buddy Check: The BRCA1 gene

Buddy Check: The BRCA1 gene

ATLANTA -- On the 11th of every month, 11Alive reminds women to do a breast self-exam and call a buddy to tell her to do one too.

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While past information offers very little information into how genetics could put women at greater risk for breast cancer, a new test offers some fresh insight.

Dr. Cecelia Bellcross, director of Emory University's Genetic Counseling Training Program, was on the 11Alive News Today morning show July 11 to talk about the BRCA1 gene, which increase a woman's chance of getting breast cancer.

Learn more at breastcancergenescreen.org.

Emory to train nurses to care for veterans

Emory to train nurses to care for veterans

ATLANTA -- Emory University's nursing school and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are teaming up to train nurses to care for veterans.

Emory says the VA Health System is anticipating a nursing shortage as increasing health needs of aging and returning veterans coincide with a projected wave of nurse retirements.

Emory is one of six nursing schools in the country that was chosen for the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The partnership provides $4 million to fund 10 new faculty positions at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and to increase the university's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over five years.

Other schools selected include Arizona State University, Marquette University, New Mexico University, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Minnesota.

4 year old hopes for new kidney -- from his dad

4 year old hopes for new kidney -- from his dad

CUMMING, Ga. -- At a time of year known for celebrating fathers, one metro Atlanta dad is hoping to give the most important of presents to his son.

"This piece is so small compared to what he has to go through every day," says Seth Harding of Cumming. "I know it's nothing compared to what he's always known."

Ephraim Harding is 4 years old and has had major kidney issues since he was in his mother's belly. His kidneys failed to properly develop, and parents Seth and Rebecca were told he would not survive past 20 weeks of his mother's pregnancy.

Ephraim made it to 20 weeks, then 30, then through a difficult birth, which doctors warned he might not survive.

Recalls his dad, "The doctor just stopped me [before my wife went into the delivery room] and told me, 'Before you go in here, just understand ... Don't expect him to come out of here alive.'"